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Federal Takings



Arent Fox Files ‘Rails to Trails’ Takings Claim Involving Missouri’s Rock Island Railroad Corridor

Washington, DC — Arent Fox LLP’s nationally recognized Fifth Amendment Takings & Eminent Domain litigation team has filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims on behalf of more than 200 Missouri landowners seeking to be justly compensated for land the federal government took from them. These Missourians owned the land under the now abandoned land along the Rock Island Railroad right-of-way. The federal government took these owners’ land to build a public recreational hiking and biking trail.


Federal Government Issues Order Taking Missouri Landowners’ Property for Rock Island Rail-Trail

On February 26, 2015, the federal Surface Transportation Board issued a Notice of Interim Trail Use or Abandonment (NITU) affecting approximately 144 miles of the abandoned Rock Island Railroad corridor through Missouri. The NITU was requested by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in order to convert the abandoned railroad corridor (owned by the Missouri Central Railroad) to a recreational hiking and biking trail.


Baker, et al v. The United States of America — Case No. 1:14-cv-00548-NBF

More than 12 Missouri landowners owning property in Cass, Pettis, Johnson, and Henry Counties, Missouri have filed their inverse condemnation claims against the federal government. These landowners own land abutting a 42-mile long right-of-way extending from Wingate to Windsor, Missouri.


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